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Friday, October 13, 2006

A strange, quirky, whimsical little novel, written very simply. It is about Miss Brodie, a woman “unmistakably in her prime.” As a teacher in Edinburgh, she gathers about her six girls from her class who become, in a way, her disciples. However, what she proposes to teach them is less clear – anything that is slightly subversive and which doesn’t appear in their conventional textbooks. Her world revolves around her peculiar interests – Fascism, art, and romantic affairs, among others – and political battles against the school headmistress bent on getting her fired. This makes a light afternoon read.

Title:The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Author:Muriel Spark
Date published:1961
Number of pages:187
Notes:Recommended by L.H.


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